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Richard Stallman Sets the Free Software Record Straight

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"Most operating systems were developed for commercial or technical motives, but GNU was developed for the sake of giving users the freedom to cooperate in a community," said Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project. "If users don't know this, they will be in danger of losing their freedom."

Interview with Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire

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The Freespire announcement came as a surprise to many in the Linux community. Carmony tells us what prompted the launch of a free edition of Linspire and why this was the right time to announce it. What does Michael Robertson think? What is the relationship between Freespire and Linspire? Much more.

Q&A: Canonical's Jane Silber says upcoming Ubuntu Linux to be enterprise-ready

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At the 4th annual Linux Desktop Summit in San Diego yesterday, Jane Silber, the chief operating officer of Conanical, sat down to talk to Computerworld's Eric Lai about how the upcoming June release of Ubuntu 6.06 might appeal to corporate users, too.

Linux Grows Among The Lupins In WA

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Linux is growing along with the wheat, barley, chickpeas, and lupins in Perenjori, a small shire in Western Australia, thanks to a man named Barry Kauler (the man behind Puppy).

Interview with Gentoo/*BSD developer

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For those of you who don't know Gentoo/BSD is a relatively unheard-of project with aims of merging both Gentoo Linux and the BSD systems respectively into one operating system. The project, which is sponsored by Gentoo Linux, has goals of creating a hybrid operating system using BSD underlyings, such as the kernel and system libraries, with Gentoo's portage system, administration facilities and design principles integrated on top.

VMware exec: On free specs, virtualization's boost for Linux

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VMware is opening up its virtual machine disk format specification, but today's news is about sharing, not open sourcing technologies. VMware's decision to share at no cost its format specification with developers and vendors will spur big gains in virtualization innovation.

The Bad Boy of Open Source

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Marc Fleury talks about why he's vilified in certain software circles, and whether he's really putting JBoss on the block

'A lawyer who is also idealist - how refreshing'

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The legal guardian of the free software movement explains why, after 12 years, the time is right to release version 3 of its constitution for public comment

Ogg Vorbis: Music to your ears

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The MP3 format is rife with potential licensing issues due. There are, however, alternatives that eliminate legal worries, including open source resources like Ogg Vorbis and music players like Rhythmbox, says Kyle Rankin, author of Linux Multimedia Hacks from O'Reilly Media, Inc. In this interview, Rankin explains why he prefers open source Amarok.

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